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Solid Waste

Brazil has the fifth largest population in the world and, along side the rapid economic development of recent years, the existing waste handing processes have become inadequate for the growing amounts of solid waste. Propelled by new legislation, municipalities are now facing a challenge in disposing of existing waste and preparing a sustainable process for the future.

The growth rate of total generated amount of waste is higher than the population growth (1.3% vs. 0.9%). In 2012, 63 million tons of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) were generated, corresponding to 383 kg per inhabitant and year. Although 90% of MSW was collected, still half of the total is not disposed of correclty and 6 million tons per year not collected at all.

With these numbers, the 5 564 municipalities in Brazil have received the task and a deadline to create a strategy for waste handling within their boarders. This requirement motivates the investment in and implementation of better collection, recycling and waste handling systems opening up opportunities for Swedish companies from this segment.

The market study of this segment is currently underway and more information will be available in April of 2014. In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact us for more information.